10th March - Historic Houses & Castles of The Clyde

Scotland is a unique treasury of houses and castles, spanning a long and often turbulent history against haunting landscapes that evoke history and romance.  Travel back through time to some of the Clyde's most priceless architectural gems.

Tuesday, 10th March.

Guests were piped on board at Greenock and we remained alongside Greenock.

Wednesday, 11th March.

Our first visit was Finlaystone House where guests were treated to a guided tour by the current Chief of Clan MacMillan.

During lunch we cruised to the Isle of Bute and guests went ashore at Rothesay for an afternoon visit to the Victorian neo-Gothic mansion of Mount Stuart House, built by the 3rd Marquess of Bute but never fully completed.

We arrived and berthed alongside in Largs in the early evening where we remained overnight. 

Thursday, 12th March.

From Largs guests travelled to Dumfries House for a full day visit which included lunch.  The 18th century time-capsule, built for the 3rd Earl by brothers John and Robert Adam, and inherited in 1803 by John Stuart, Marquess of Bute.

We anchored overnight in Millport Bay.

Friday, 13th March.

After spending the early part of the morning cruising we arrived and berthed alongside in Campbeltown where guests explored the town and enjoyed a leg stretch prior to lunch. In the afternoon they travelled to Torrisdale Estate for a tour and gin tasting session.

We anchored overnight in Strachur Bay.

Saturday, 14th March.

This morning guests were tendered ashore at Strachur to visit Inveraray Castle and the private apartments.

We spent the afternoon cruising on passage to Brodick, Isle of Arran where we remained alongside overnight.

Sunday, 15th March.

After breakfast guests went ashore on the Isle of Arran for a morning tour of Brodick Castle gardens.

During lunch we sailed to Holy Loch where guests explored Historic Kilmun and the Argyll Mausoleum.

We anchored overnight in Rothesay Bay, off the Isle of Bute.

Monday, 16th March.

We arrived in Largs and berthed alongside for the day. In the morning guests were treated to a tour of Ardgowan House by Sir Ludo Shaw Stewart.

Our final architectural gem was Hunterston House and Castle, seat of the Clan Hunter.

The Farewell Gala dinner was held at our overnight anchorage off Greenock.

Tuesday, 17th March.

Guests disembarked in Greenock after breakfast and we hope they have all enjoyed their cruise.